The instruction of the LORD of the is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad; the command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous. They are more desirable than Gold – than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb. In addition, your servant is warned by them, and in keeping them there is an abundant reward. Psalm 19:7-11
The shift of subjects between verses 1-6 and verses 7-14 seems abrupt. However the common element in both cases is God’s revelation of himself and his purposes to mankind. In the first part of the psalm, it is God’s creation (general revelation), whereas in the second part, it is the words that God specifically communicated to his people (special revelation). The word “perfect” is term that is often used in relation to sacrifices that acceptable to God because they are “unblemished” and without defect, but it can also refer to the perfect work of God. The phrase “renewing one’s life” means the restoration of strength or vitality. And the phrase “making the eyes light up” seems like an usual idiom, but it makes a connection between light and truth, or more specifically knowledge and understanding of the truth. The “fear of the LORD” is the only subject in this list that involves human response to God’s instruction rather than a synonym for it. The concept involves obedience to God with an attitude of humility and reverence. Its inclusion further demonstrates the relationship between fearing the Lord and the knowledge and understanding of his truth.
“Gold” and “honey” were valuable commodities in the ancient world, but God’s words are even more valuable. The warning and “reward” are both positive benefits of knowing God’s instruction because they keep God’s servants from straying off the path of righteousness and provide them with blessings.
All of this is simply telling us that it is important to not just memorize or learn God’s word, the Bible, but you have to understand God’s word also. Because just having a “head” knowledge of God does you no good. You have to have both “head” knowledge and “heart” knowledge. Commit today to meditating on God’s word so that you can come to know and understand it.